are Essential to Digestion and Metabolism
Our need for
proper nutrition is well known, but few people understand the
process by which the body absorbs nutrients in a form it can use.
The source of much disease and premature aging is the inability
to absorb the nutrients in our food and the resulting toxic
(poisonous) effects of undigested material clogging our
intestines. Much of our food does not get absorbed and many
dietary supplements are worthless because they have little active
material and are not well digested.
complex "helper molecules" which speed up thousands of
essential chemical reactions in the body. Metabolic Enzymes are
vital to every organ and system of the body. Digestive Enzymes
such as protease, amylase and lipase are secreted by the pancreas
and other organs to digest protein, starches and fats
respectively. In the balanced plan of nature, it turns out that
raw, naturally grown foods contain some of the exact Food Enzymes
necessary to break these foods down to constituent nutrients the
body can use.
Food is Denatured Food
molecule branches in a specific pattern that enables it to
attract and break down certain large food molecules. But cooking,
preserving, microwaving and irradiating food are processes which
"denature" enzymes, changing their shape and making
them useless; any heat treatment 118 degrees and over destroys
100% of enzyme activity! Dr. Edward Howell and other researchers
point to the preponderance of denatured, processed food in our
diets as the key source of degenerative disease today.
the Digestive Process
Chewing raw food
breaks down the cell walls and amylase in the saliva starts to
break down any starches in the food. When swallowed, our food
goes to the cardiac or upper portion of the stomach. During the
next 45-60 minutes, food which contains enzymes, naturally or
from supplements, predigests to a soupy consistency. Cooked food
just sits there. Do you know that feeling? Another fascinating
thing happens: cooked food causes the white blood cell count to
go up as the immune system treats it as a foreign substance! And
undigested food particles go directly into the bloodstream. (Food
predigestion period, food moves to the acidic lower stomach which
secretes hydrochloric acid and other digestive fluids. The next
stage is the duodenum, the beginning of the small intestine,
where different enzymes from the pancreas and gall bladder
further digest the food in an alkaline environment. As the food
moves through the small intestines, specific surface areas absorb
specific nutrients into the blood to be carried to the cells.
Finally, waste products, undigested food and bacteria, move into
the colon, an acidic environment, to be eliminated.
happens when we eat enzyme deficient food?
food sits in the upper stomach putrefying instead of
pre-digesting. The body stresses itself to produce extra
digestive enzymes, reducing its ability to produce metabolic
enzymes for cellular activity. Stomach acids are not able to
finish their work before food moves into the small intestines.
Putrefying materials coats the small and large intestines,
reducing absorption of nutrients and hindering release of toxins
through the intestine wall. Bacteria and viruses multiply and
pass into adjacent organs and blood. The immune system attacks
proteins and starches entering the blood while fats build up in
the arteries. The stage is set for infections, fatigue and degenerative disease.
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